The Secret Teachings of All Ages Manly P. Hall Huston Smith says that this classic is "a masterful summation of the esoteric teachings of the ages". And Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo astronaut, says "it will guide historians, philosophers, and lay seekers of esoteric wisdom for centuries."
"The archetypes are abstract patterns formulated in the Divine Mind."
"This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature."
"The ancients believed that the theory of humanity's being made in the image of God was to be understood literally. They maintained that the universe was a great organism not unlike the human body, and that every phase and function of the Universal Body had a correspondence in humanity."
"The God of Pythagoras was the Monad, or the One that is Everything. He described God as the Supreme Mind distributed throughout all parts of the universe – the Cause of all things, the Intelligence of all things, and the Power within all things."
"Within the divine, incorporeal, and eternal sphere are included all the lower manifestations of life – all that is, has been, or ever shall be. Within the Kosmic Intellect all things spiritual or material exist as archetypes, or divine thought-forms."
"It is seen that all forms are of one substance and all life of one force, and these are co-existent in the nature of the Supreme One."
"While physically bound to earth (of which his blood and bones are part), there is nevertheless within man a spiritual power, a diviner Self, through which he is one with the symphony of the Whole."
"Everything which exists has a spirit – the seed of Divinity within itself."
“Xenophanes declared that God ‘is all things’.”
"The human body is the Little House made in the image of the Great Universal House. 'Know ye not', asked the Apostle Paul, 'that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?'"
"God is the 'within' and the 'without' of all things."
"This little earth is bathed as of old in the sunlight of its Providential Generator….God continues to love and guide the destinies of His creation."
"God is in all. Therefore, all are divinely in the Divine."
"The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all people welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by humanity has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of humanity upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach us to be born well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band – those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility – the philosophers of the ages invite you."
“Zeno of Elea asserted that there was but one God, who was an eternal, ungenerated Being.”
"Every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle."
"Pythagoras taught that both man and the universe were made in the image of God."
"Proclus says: 'Every property of divinity permeates all creation and gives itself to all creatures.'"
"All is in God and God is in all; all is in all and each is in each."
"Man's nature – consisting of his physical organism, his emotional nature, and his mental faculties – reflects the light of his Divinity and bears witness of It in the physical world."
“To the Gnostics, the Christ was the personification of the Divine Mind.”
"Right thinking, right feeling, and right action – these are three gates through which the Christ power passes into the material world, there to labor in the erection of the Temple of Universal Brotherhood."
“According to Plato, the One is the term most suitable for defining the Absolute.”
"The universe is made up of successive gradations of good."
"The power to think true is the savior of humanity. The mythological and historical Redeemers of every age were all personifications of that power."